Family Tree blooms

By: Alaina Tepper, Staff Writer

Spring has finally sprung, and with it came the Spring Fling. The University Residence Government held the dance on March 25 from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. in the West Village Commons ballrooms to raise money for Maryland-based organization, The Family Tree.

The Family Tree works to provide families with education and resources to prevent child abuse and neglect. According to, they reach over 20,000 families annually. The Family Tree also has a 24-hour parenting helpline and offers many different workshops to support parents and promote healthy family life.

URG has worked with The Family Tree in the past, but for director of special projects Kia Paxton, the Spring Fling was first event to collect donations for the organization.

“I would hope to raise any amount,” Paxton said. “Every little bit counts.”

Fundraising wasn’t the only goal of the Spring Fling. The event also offered students a way to de-stress from hectic schedules.

“It’s a fun time, everybody is stressed with midterms so I feel like it’s a good time,” planning committee member Rosa Diaz said.

The event also featured music from DJ 3G, who kept the party going from start to finish. 

“I’m always down for supporting organizations and having some fun,” junior Monte Kerney said. “And DJ 3G, that’s my boy.”

The Spring Fling was a free way for students to get out and have some fun on campus, as well as support URG and The Family Tree.

“Everybody who came out seemed to be enjoying themselves,” Paxton said. “I’m pleased with this turnout and I’d like to thank everyone who donated to the cause.”

URG will also host Tigers Field Day at Newell Field, April 2, which will feature Rita’s, relay games, raffles and more.

There will be a cookout May 2 at the Paws Pavilion, as well as a tie-dye and Rita’s event May 6 in Tiger Plaza.

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